Monday morning is teaching me that some things never change: over-helping co-worker still over-helps patrons and makes the rest of us look bad when we uphold the policies; poisonous co-worker is still poisonous, demonstrating a particular lack of respect for me as she passive-aggressively refused to help me find something I needed in her department; the atmosphere of communication-breakdown-as-policy continues as people push their feelings onto others instead of being invested in finding a solution – sending an email is not the same as having a conversation!

I’m obviously having a frustrated morning. Perhaps it is because there are so many wonderful things about my job that the difficult things stand out? More than that: I want things to get better because I am committed to this place, but I really need everyone else to understand that just doing our jobs alone means not contributing as much as we are capable of contributing together. And wow, look, I sound like a training manual! Which, interestingly, is also something we are lacking!